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Ensign 1 is an immersive space combat game which will allow players to board and pilot capitol ships.

Find us on IndieDB at http://www.indiedb.com/games/ensign-1!

Space Combat With a Twist

Imagine you're gripped in the heat of a space dogfight, and your side is losing. In the distance, you notice a large asteroid which everyone else has been too distracted to explore. With nothing to lose, you leave the battlezone to check it out. Hidden behind the rock is a derelict battle cruiser which you decide to dock on and explore. The ship is overrun with some kind of alien infestation, but you dispatch of the insect like creatures and quickly find the bridge. After powering up the ship, you find that it's powerful weapons are still in tact, and that it just might be enough to turn the battle...

Or perhaps you find yourself in a different battle between two factions fighting over control of a pirate base. You're able to get there first and land in one of the docking areas. You quickly exit your ship and run to the nearest set of turret pods. From there you're able to effortlessly destroy any enemies in the vicinity.

Gameplay like that is what we're trying to capture in Ensign 1. We'd like it to be an immersive multiplayer space combat game that allows players to leave their ships and explore, even pilot much larger space cruisers. Ensign 1 will be available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.

Our Team

As ambitious as the project is, creating my own 3D game engines from scratch is what I excel at, and something that I have years of hobby experience in. The project is still very early in development, with the main features of the game engine still being written. It is being co-created with one other core team member (Kevin Pears of gamingonlinux.com), who is an extremely talented 3D artist and level designer.

How Donations Will Be Used

The money here will be used to help us get the game to a point where it could be sold in alpha-funding. We'll need to create a few single player missions progressing from destroying a few enemy fighters to invading an alien space cruiser. We'll also be working on providing a couple of multiplayer arenas.
We're hoping after that we will be able to support ourselves from there. Any help you can provide us with to get us there is greatly appreciated!

Thank You!

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    For just $1 you get our thanks and a free copy of our last game, Helena The 3rd ( www.helenathe3rd.com ) This is included in rewards past this one.

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    You will get early access to Ensign 1, along with free updates throughout the game's lifetime. All other rewards will also include this one.

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    For a little extra, you'll also receive a copy of our last completed game, Helena The 3rd. (Also included in rewards past this one)

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    We will give you access to the game's level editor, and you can build your own living quarters inside one of the game's space stations. Room must not be offensive past a Teen rated level.

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    You can advertise a single picture of your choosing in Ensign 1, either on a billboard in space or inside a space station. Picture will be compressed to 512x512 and must be appropriate for a T rated game. A glitching or random flashing effect may be added to increase appeal.

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    You may advertise a video (with audio) up to 30 seconds in length, resolution will be compressed to 256x256 at 30 frames per second. Must be appropriate for a T rated game. You choose whether to place the advertisement in outer space or in a station. The advertisement should be of a product or service.

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    Similar to reward #5, except that instead of designing your own living quarters, we can design one for you to reasonable specifications.

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    This option is for someone who'd like a little more in their ad or quarters. Want to have a video of you or someone you know talking inside your quarters, like one of those video calls in 2001 A Space Odyssey? Or Perhaps just a longer advertisement out in space, or of better resolution. This option is for you.

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